Back to School Must-Haves for Moms

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It’s that time of year again, making runs to Target and Walmart to purchase back to school items for your kids. It’s looking like we are returning to a sense or normalcy with in-person learning so we’re here to tell you about some of our favorite must-have products that may help make the school year start out a little bit easier.

We polled our contributors to find out what items they love and would recommend as a must for school. We think that you are sure to find these products helpful for your school-aged kids.

1. Hanging closet organizer. If you want to make mornings easier, lay out your kids clothes for the week on Sunday nights with this hanging closet organizer. Those of you with older kids have them plan out their outfits and use this organizer to prevent them from trying on various outfits in the mornings causing them to run late. This is a definite time saver in the mornings!

2. Backpack hooks. Having hooks for backpacks and jackets can be super helpful because it keeps all school stuff in one place. You can even mount a rack of coat hooks near a door. If you do this, make sure you mount it into wall studs because backpacks tend to get heavy. There are many ideas on Pinterest for wall backpack storage. This can help with getting out the door in the mornings quicker as well.

3. Personalized Kids Name Labels. If you have younger, elementary age children, they are sure to lose an item at school at some point or another. Name labels should be used on everything! You can put them on all school supplies, as well as water bottles. They do not fade or come off in the dishwasher. Both of these sites are highly recommended: Tinyme and Bright Star Kids. In addition, you can even buy iron-on clothing labels for those middle-school age kids who take jackets to school but “lose” them because they are way too cool for anyone to see them actually wear them. Check out this site for those: Name Bubbles.

4. Library Card. There is no need to spend money on books at your local bookstore or Amazon when you can visit your local library for FREE! If you do not have a library card, it’s super easy to apply for one. Just visit this site and fill out the forms, take the necessary documents to the library branch closest to you, and you will have access to numerous books for yourself and your child.

5. Tiered rolling cart. This is recommended by one of our homeschool moms. She can place all school supplies in the cart and easily roll it around throughout her house to always have anything she might need close by.

6. Epson Ecotank Printer. This is another item recommended by one of our homeschool moms. When you are educating from home, it often requires a lot of printing. I don’t know about you, but my kids tend to learn better when they have actual papers rather than digital worksheets. This printer’s ink lasts quite a while, as in eight months without a low ink notice!

7. Insulated stainless steel cup. For all of you coffee drinkers out there, invest in one of these! Sometimes during hectic mornings, you need your coffee to stay hot, but at the same time, you may not always get to enjoy your hot coffee right away. This is sure to keep your coffee hot for as long as you need.

8. Water bottle. Many schools have gone way from traditional water fountains and now have filtered, touchless water refill stations, which means students need to bring a water bottle to school. Make sure to label it too!

9. Sheet protectors. Don’t have a dry erase board at home for practicing math or writing? Get some sheet protectors! They are a really cheap way for younger students to practice tracing letters, writing words and solving math problems. You can slip a worksheet right in, use a dry erase marker, and when they are done, they can erase and try again. Bonus: They are only $2.99 at Target for a pack of 25.

10. Long charging cords. Since all students are now issued computers, it’s a good idea to invest in a power strip or charging cord that is at least 10 feet long. While many teachers usually have these in their classrooms, it’s a good item to have at home as a reminder to charge devices each night so they are ready for school the next day.

11. Electric pencil sharpener. I don’t know about you, but I get super frustrated when my kids need a sharpened pencil and we have to use a small handheld sharpener that takes forever to use and does a terrible job. Invest in an electric pencil sharpener for your home! I love this Taskbiizz rechargeable pencil sharpener. I have one at home and one at school. You put your pencil in the top, let go, and it automatically shuts off once the pencil is fully sharpened and it pushes it up. I have to hide it from my students because they love it so much. You can find it on Amazon.

12. Sandwich cutter. Packing and preparing lunch for the school day can be a daunting task. Uncrustables are always a super easy option to quickly grab from the freezer and toss into a lunchbox as you are headed out the door. If you want to put a fun twist on the Uncrustable, you can always make your own with this sandwich cutter. If you make your own, you can twist things up and fill it with deli meat or cheese. Good news: This product is available on Amazon.

Do you have any must-haves to add to this list? Drop a comment below to let us know!

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¡Hola! I’m Meredith. I have lived in Knoxville most of my life and I am proud to call it home – Go VOLS! I’m a mom to Hunter (born 2009) and Sophia (born 2012). They keep my husband and I super busy but certainly make our lives interesting and adventurous. I used to be the type of person who had to plan everything out, but once I became a mom, I had to let go of that and learn to go with the flow, which is actually much more fun and exciting. In addition to being a mom, I’m a high school Spanish teacher. Some of my favorite things to do are watch sports, shop at Target, and travel.

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